Students who have identified Providence College as their first choice may wish to apply Early Decision I or Early Decision II. Early Decision is a binding agreement, which means that students who are admitted to the College through this program are required to withdraw their applications to all other colleges and attend Providence College.
Early Decision I Application Deadline - November 15Notification - January 1
Early Decision II Application Deadline - January 15Notification - February 15
The Early Decision (ED) deadlines are in place for students who have identified Providence College as their first-choice college and wish to demonstrate their commitment to attend PC. The deadline to apply ED I is November 15, and students will be notified of their decision by January 1. The deadline to apply ED II is January 15, and students will be notified of their decision by February 15. Early Decision is a binding agreement for students who are invited to attend Providence College. You, your school counselor, and a parent or guardian will be required to complete and sign the Common Application Early Decision Agreement at the time of application, and you will be bound by the conditions listed on the form which can be found at www.commonapp.org. If invited to Providence College under the ED Program, you will be expected to withdraw your applications from all other schools and enroll at Providence College.
Early Decision is a binding agreement which requires you to withdraw all other applications and attend Providence College if invited, provided you are offered sufficient financial assistance. Early Action, on the other hand, is not a binding program. If invited Early Action, you are not obligated to withdraw all other applications, and can still choose which school you wish to attend. While the Early Action deadline and notification dates are earlier than Regular Decision, you have until the national reply deadline of May 1 to decide whether or not you wish to attend PC.
Students may apply to only one Early Decision program at a time. This does not preclude you from applying under other schools’ non-binding admission deadlines. If you are admitted to Providence College, you will then be expected to withdraw all other applications and attend PC.
Providence College will release Early Decision I letters by January 1 and Early Decision II letters by February 15. You can expect to receive your decision via U.S. mail. Any need-based aid or merit-based scholarships will be included in your acceptance packet.
While it varies from year to year, generally around a third of our first-year class at Providence College was admitted and enrolled through one of our Early Decision programs. Early Decision offers students a competitive advantage in the admission process.
Providence College requires both the CSS Profile and FAFSA forms in order to determine eligibility for need-based aid. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid website for more detailed information about applying for need-based aid and deadlines.
While we work to provide the best possible financial aid package for each student in the form of grants, loans, and the Federal Work Study Program, Providence College is not currently able to guarantee that full need will be met for any admission candidates.
Yes, students who apply Early Decision will be considered for merit scholarships. For more information on the requirements, please view the Merit-Based Scholarships website.
Yes. Students who identify Providence College as their first-choice college after applying Early Action, may change their application to Early Decision before the Early Decision deadlines of November 15 or January 15. A student who was deferred Early Action also has the opportunity to change their application to Early Decision II.